Friday, April 30, 2010

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you're waiting for a thank-you card from us and you haven't received one, DON'T PANIC. We haven't sent any yet.

Yesterday, my dad delivered the majority of wedding gifts we received a month ago, but that had been kept at my parents' house in California. Boxes and bags and pretty wrapping paper and bows and envelopes FILLED our living room! We are grateful for the generosity of our many friends.

A few gifts remain unclaimed (there was no card, or the card was separated, so we're not sure who they're from) but the majority have been documented so we can begin writing notes to you all!


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Meeting our Neighbors and some other Items of News

Before writing about the topics mentioned in the title, I'd like to pay tribute to my grandmother, Lillie Lee. She passed away earlier this month at the age of 92. I was unable to attend the funeral, held in Sacramento, but I've had the opportunity to think about some wonderful blessings I've been given. Firstly, because of Lillie, I have my mother. My relatives (especially my mom) always talk about how their friends wished Lillie was their mom - she was kind and welcoming to everyone. Even though because of my grandma's age I didn't get to see a lot of this in her, I know this of her through my mother's example. Next, due to various strange circumstances last summer, I was able to spend a lot of time with and caring for my grandma. This gave me a special opportunity to serve her in ways I'd never served her before and even though it was extremely difficult, I am grateful for the experience. Finally, I am so grateful that grandma was able to attend our wedding reception and to be at the temple to take pictures after our sealing. Due to health concerns there was the possibility that she wouldn't be able to come, but somehow everything - including the timing - worked out. It's sad to see her go, but I'm grateful for the long and productive life she lived and for the beautiful blessings that have come into my life through her. I'm also so thankful to have a strong testimony of the Plan of Salvation. I know that someday, I will see my grandma again.

This past week or so, we've been in contact with some of our neighbors. Last Sunday, we walked to church with our upstairs neighbors, Natalia and Landon. I also managed to snap some photos of our neighbors from across the street:

They're turkey vultures! They fly in every night around 6 or 7 and situate themselves in these large trees. They have wide wingspans and they're really quite large. If you ever want to see some wildlife... stop by!

Yesterday, I cleaned up a bit outside and met the potato bugs, earwigs, and spiders that live in the flowerbed out front. They seem pretty agreeable.

Last Thursday, several of my former roommates came over for a brief get-together. We shared some snacks and talked about whatever it is that girls talk about.

Thomas and I have gone to the Provo temple the past 2 Thursdays. It's nice to be able to go there and feel the spirit together. I'm glad we're making it a pattern in our marriage, and I hope we continue to attend weekly!

One more picture for you, just for fun. Earlier this week we had all of this....

... in our fridge. (There's cream cheese, cottage cheese, 2 types of cheddar cheese, 2 types of swiss cheese, camembert, monterey jack, mozzarella, gouda, and "babybel" sitting on that shelf!!!!)

I have a lot more ideas for writing, but this post is probably too wordy as it is, and we have to get ready to go to a dinner to which a family in our ward invited us.

So... goodbye for now! We'll write more later! (but I'm not sure when "later" is!)


Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Bradshaw Residence (For Two)

With school winding down (or winding up?) there are a lot of projects and such to work on, so blogging has been slow. Apologies to the loyal readers...there are now a few more posts on our Bradshaw Bistro site (Tucanos and Layered Pasta Dish), and we have a few more ideas that we may work into the next week or two.

Anyway, if any of you are in town sometime, we'd love to see you in our new home. We've moved nearly all of our belongings in (amazingly they seem to mostly fit) and have been busy making it look livable. We were blessed to have received many items of furniture from Thomas' grandma, and in addition to a table and bookcase from IKEA, we're almost set. However, if you happen to have a dresser or couch to spare (and/or a way to transport them), feel free to let us know.

Before getting too far, a few interesting graphics to summarize all of our previous posts in both blogs (generated with Wordle). We'll let you figure out which is which (click for larger images):

Before you're too hasty in concluding egocentric notions after noticing that both images have a large "Thomas" in them, remember that it's Lisa that's writing about him. Thomas usually simply mentions "us" and Lisa says "Thomas and I".

Thomas' parents were also in town post-wedding:

And now, some photos of the new place:

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Reason You Are Viewing This Page... to learn about the wedding and its events. Perhaps this is true?

Friday morning we went to the temple for Lisa. We had a marvelous session and were pleased to have the company of much family and many friends.

We then headed out to the church at which we were to have the reception and began setup, which in itself was an adventure.

Many thanks to the volunteer crews that helped get everything ready!

Now, on to Saturday. See? Patience pays off (sometimes). We showed up on time and were once again happy to be surrounded by family and friends for a wonderful sealing ceremony. We then posed for many a photo until we escaped to the reception. We had a quick bite to eat, then lined up to greet guests for a few hours.

After a bit of cake (thanks to Camille)...

...and a few dances...

...we rode off into the sunset.

We flew out to Utah to spend our honeymoon up at the Bradshaw Family Cabin. We cooked a bit. It was beautiful weather.

Then it snowed.

I do love the snow, but the roads were so bad I couldn't get back up the hill with the car. I thus hiked up, and we promptly packed up and headed out a day early. It was worth it, as my former roommate confirmed a weather advisory for 6-11 inches of snow through the next day (in the valley, and we were a bit higher). That's okay. It let us set up house.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Today's our one-week anniversary!

We've officially been married for a week now, and married life is treating us both very well. As you'll surely understand, we've been pretty busy, so we're sorry for the lack of posts but we've got good excuses :o)

There's a lot to write about, so we're going to split this up into a couple of posts. For now, we'll tell you about our wedding week.

On the Monday prior to our wedding, we got to pick up Thomas' cousin, Sarah, from the Salt Lake City airport. I had the opportunity to meet her last summer, and very much enjoyed seeing her again! We're so glad she was able to come out for our wedding.

The following couple of days are pretty much a blur; Thomas and I both worked (and he attended classes). Wednesday afternoon/evening, we (Thomas, his dad Jeff, Sarah, my now former roommate Megan, and I) frantically packed (I was probably the most frantic - thanks to Sarah my to-do list was completed!) and prepared for our drive to California.

Thursday, the 25th, I celebrated my 21st birthday. Honestly, my birthday had been pushed to the back of my mind, but when my alarm went off at 3:30 that morning (only because we were planning to leave around 4 AM), Sarah and another now former roommate, Ashley, burst into my bedroom with a large slice of chocolate cake (trick candles included) singing "Happy Birthday"! It was such a fun surprise, and even though I was mostly asleep it made for quite a memorable birthday. I can't wait to try out my new Swedish measuring utensils when I make the Swedish meatballs for which Sarah gave me the recipe!!

We were on the road around 4:30 that morning. Highlights of the trip include:
*Thomas & I finishing reading Le Livre de Mormon
*stopping for birthday lunch at In-n-Out in Reno
*seeing a truck back into a car at a gas station
*making it to Lake Tahoe - that beautiful blue water is such a welcome sight after miles and miles of Nevada desert!

(L to R: Jeff, Sarah, Megan, Lisa, Thomas at In-n-Out)

(Lisa and Thomas at Lake Tahoe)

That evening, Thomas' side met up in Sacramento and stayed at a house they rented for the weekend. Megan and I stayed with my family. We enjoyed attending a bridal shower thrown by the Salyers, some long-time friends in my family's ward. I had a great time seeing friends I hadn't seen for a while, and hearing letters and stories written for me using various brand names of products sitting out on a table (for example: Bounce dryer sheets, Good & Plenty candy, Sunkist orange soda... fun game!)

Unfortunately, it is getting late, so for the rest of our update you'll have to visit later.